The Merry Minks: The Men Get Ready

Mr. Mink and his groomsmen arrived at our venue just before a massive hail storm moved through the area. Knowing they were getting ready while we watched the storm, I sent Sister Mink to the groom’s loft with my gift for Mr. Mink.


My gift to Mr. Mink was a nod to all the gifts he’s given me in recent years. I have a thing for a particular jewelry designer, David Yurman, and every year, Mr. Mink gives me a piece of it for my birthday or for Christmas. He jokes that he never expected to have someone he considered to be “his” jeweler, but he’s become friends with the woman at the store where he buys my gifts.


Originally, I thought it would be very fitting if Mr. Mink picked out a wedding band that was designed by David Yurman, but he didn’t wind up liking any of the ones he saw. I decided that I had to give him his first piece of Yurman, so I bought him a set of cuff links as a wedding present. For fun, I also bought a pair of socks by his favorite clothing company, Tommy Bahama, and made an “in case of cold feet” label for them.


Months before the wedding, while on a walk with Junior Mink, Mr. Mink told me that I should write a little list of wedding traditions and practices that he should know. I knew that he wasn’t aware that some couples exchange wedding gifts and I deliberately didn’t tell him. I felt like he had done so many wonderful things throughout our planning process that I didn’t need a present. So I kept quiet and was excited about the idea of surprising him.

This image of Mr. Mink pouring beer in his new socks cracks me up every time I see it.


Mr. Mink said that as they were starting to get ready, he said it’d be nice to have a beer, and as if on cue, someone from the venue came up the stairs with a bin full of ice and beer. Mr. Mink had delivered some special beer to the venue the day before and was happy to see his Tripel Karmeliet in the bin.



Then it was time to get down to business.


That’s GM Blue, Dr. Bridesmaid’s husband.

Yeah, business.


Did anyone else surprise their groom with a present? Was anyone surprised by their groom on the big day?

All images by Elisa B Photography


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Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
We Start Today: Let's Get This show On The Road!
PaC Man & Wife: Jammin'
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  1. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    I love the socks! What a cute idea!

  2. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:10 pm

    His face opening the gift is really cute.

  3. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:16 pm

    That last picture is awesome!

  4. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:18 pm

    @Mrs. Castle: I totally encourage his Tommy Bahama habit. :)

    @Miss Toadstool: He’s a total goof for cameras. I’m sure I’ll be able to share more of him cheesing it up.

  5. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:18 pm

    @Mrs. Dragon: I love it, too! :)

  6. scepter Member
    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 2:44 pm

    The photo at the end of this post is priceless! He looks so happy!

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:56 pm

    Great post…

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the “cold feet” socks… sorry but this is sooo good that I am going to steal this idea for my own Wedding (Mr TTR and I are Eloping to a Destination Wedding on the Beach, and he is adamant about wearing his flip-flops… fine with me, because they are “so him”)

    BUT I am gonna get him a pair of unique socks, and tell him he can put ’em on if he gets “cold feet”

    Too funny !!

    Sidebar… Mr TTR likes to call fancy socks “Christmas Socks” (cause when he was a kid he got fancy socks for Christmas)… so all the more fitting your story / tradition… as we’ll be getting married over the Christmas Holidays.

    As I said I LOVE the whole idea.

    So thanks for sharing this FABULOUS Story and AWESOME pics.

  8. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:46 pm

    Love this little sneak peek into Mr. Mink’s pre-wedding moments. He is a ham! Yes, I agree with you – that photo of him in the socks pouring the beer is just great! Now I’m craving a good beer…

    Mr. PaC totally surprised me. The stinker.

  9. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:54 pm

    the cold feet socks are amazing, such a great idea. I always love your posts, everything’s always so well thought out

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 8:06 pm

    The socks/shorts/dress shirt/beer photo is priceless! :-)

  11. Member
    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:46 pm

    I love the socks and beer shot! Such a perfect insight to the moment.

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